An oil rig in Lynn County was the scene of a deadly accident recently.
Safety lines had broken on a pipe where men from O’Ryan Drilling, out of Odessa, were working. The breaks caused an intense amount of pressure to be released and the pipe to whip around.
Deputies from the Lynn County Sheriff’s Office, the Lynn County EMS, and the O’Donnell Fire Department responded to a call near FM2053 and County Road BB, eight miles east of O’Donnell, around 2:30 a.m.
Jeffrey Lee Mayfield of Odessa was injured and transported to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock and was listed in serious condition. A second man, Troy Mutter, suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from Medical Center Hospital.
30-year-old Francis Howard Pratt, an oil rig employee from Odessa, died at the scene.
OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is investigating the tragic oil rig accident.
Oil field accident injuries in West Texas can be serious and even deadly. Pipes and other industrial equipment weigh thousands of pounds. The jobs are dangerous by nature, but it’s up to the companies who hire oil field workers to take every precaution to ensure a safe work environment.
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